Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have ruled out any plans to impeach President Uhuru Kenyatta after a High Court judgement which exposed Uhuru to possible impeachment.
This came a week after the High Court in its judgment on the BBI found that the head of the state had violated Chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya on leadership and integrity.
However, Members of Parliament allied to DP Ruto on Wednesday, May 19, said they would not be party to such plans due to among other reasons, lack of enough numbers
Led by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and his Keiyo South counterpart Daniel Rono the MPS said while Ruto has been humiliated under President Uhuru Kenyatta, they will not repay a wrong with another wrong.
“ (President)Kenyatta is our president. Why would we impeach our own?’’ Gachagua asked as quoted by the Daily Nation.
According to Rono, initiating an impeachment motion against president Uhuru at the Parliament will require at least 117 members to support yet their camp has only 83 as witnessed during the BBI bill.
Hs further said that the Tanga Tanga faction is currently focused on winning the 2022 presidency and does not have plans to send Uhuru home before his two-term ends.
“we have no plans to plant seeds of discord. Our ultimate goal is the Presidency in 2022,” he said.
On May 13, five High Court judges; Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, Teresia Matheka and Chacha Mwita said Uhuru Kenyatta contravened the Constitution of Kenya when he directly initiated constitution review through the BBI process.
“President cannot purport to directly initiate a constitutional amendment. He isn’t part of parliament. He has no power under the constitution to initiate changes under the constitution since parliament is the only state organ that can consider the effecting of constitutional changes. The president is not permitted to amend the constitution using popular initiative” read part of the judgment